Jewell, Kermit M.

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Kermit M. Jewell, 94, passed away June 6, 2014, in Port Charlotte, Florida. He was born on the 4th of July in Shawsville, Va. to Herbert and Lena (Miles) Jewell who owned and operated the local lumber mill. Kermit graduated from Shawsville High School and attended Concord College. He joined the Army during World War II and attended OCS. He served with the 36th engineers as a Combat Unit Commander from 1943-1946 and served in the following battles and campaigns; Central Europe, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Southern France and Rhineland. He was awarded the American Service Medal, EAME Campaign Ribbon with Five Bronze Stars, Bronze Arrowhead, Purple Heart and Victory Medal.

Kermit and his family moved to Florida in 1956 and he worked in the construction industry. He worked for many years in the development of the city of Cape Coral, Florida. Kermit was an avid golfer and fisherman. He was also a member of the Elliston Masonic Lodge.

Kermit was preceded in death by his beloved wife Susie (Rudisill) Jewell; and his brother, Jackson E. (Margaret) Jewell. He is survived by his sisters, Etta Mae (Carl) Tarpley, Phyllis (Posie) Underwood; his loving daughter, Sue Jewell Tracy; and granddaughters, Megan (Nooie) Hochheimer, Erin (T. Hampton) Dohrman; and two grandsons, Dylan and Dalton; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meadowbrook Museum, PO Box 426, Shawsville, Virginia 24162.

Kermit was buried in Fort Myers, Florida at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens on June 10.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014, at Crockett Springs Methodist Church, Shawsville, Va..